A BBC Inside Out investigation has found that over £60m has been paid out in compensation by councils in the Midlands, in the last five years. Shockingly most of the pay outs are for slips and trips.
In the last five years, councils in the Midlands have had to deal with more than 35,000 claims for compensation. Each one takes time and money to investigate, but for many people that’s the only way they are going to get justice.
Three years ago Joanne Moore tripped over a pavement whilst carrying her three week old son, Thomas:
“I was walking down the High Street in Newport and walked onto a paving slab which was uneven and I toppled over landing literally on top of Thomas.
“I can remember falling down and hearing a massive crack and that was his head.
“We did X-rays, a CT scan and he’d got a big fracture across one ear nearly all the way round to the other and another fracture going straight down and then he’d had a haemorrhage as well.”
Joanne sued the local council and last year they paid £3,500 in compensation.
Not only that, they also repaved the street.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, BBC Inside Out West Midlands has obtained figures about payouts from Midlands Councils.
These are three examples from just one council in the region¦
Case 1: Tripped on debris – general cuts and bruises – compensation payment £8200
Case 2: Tripped on raised paving – general cuts and bruises – compensation payment £10,395
Case 3: Tripped over mat in doorway – general cuts and bruises – compensation payment £15728
BBC Inside Out has found that over £60m has been paid out by councils in the Midlands over the last 5 years.
That’s over 35,000 claims.
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